White Lies reveal heavy metal influence on new album ‘BIG TV’

Band say they want to make "karaoke songs" which will last the test of time

White Lies have said that their new album ‘BIG TV’ is influenced by heavy metal, describing the creative process behind the record as a “make-or-break” time for the band.

Speaking in this week’s NME, which is on newsstands tomorrow (August 1) or available digitally, frontman Harry McVeigh reveals: “We consciously went out to make a pop album with heavy metal guitars.” Bass player Charles Cave adds: “White Lies actually share a lot in common with heavy metal. Heavy metal has its own gothic and sinister cliches that are really fun to rub up against.”

Explaining how important the album is to the band, McVeigh adds: “When we first started writing it was a make-or-break moment for us. We wanted to write an album of songs that people would immediately connect with. There’s the desire for one of our songs to be on a karaoke machine in 30 years time; to write a song that resonates to people throughout the ages.”


‘BIG TV’ will be released on August 12 and features the track ‘Getting Even’, which can be heard here. The album was produced by Ed Buller and recorded earlier this year in Brussels, Belgium. An official first single, ‘There Goes Our Love Again’, will precede the album on August 5.

White Lies will play a number of festival shows over the summer, including a slot on the Main Stage at Reading and Leeds.

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